Professor Sandy K. Wurtele, Ph.D. joined the UCCS faculty in 1988. She earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1983, with a specialty in child clinical psychology, from the University of Alabama. She completed an APA-Approved internship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, and is a Licensed Psychologist in Colorado. She served as the Director of the Psychology Undergraduate program and Chair of the UCCS Institutional Review Board for Human Subjects. She teaches undergraduate courses in developmental psychology and an internship course. Dr. Wurtele also served as the LAS Associate Dean of Community Partnership and Programs.
PhD Clinical Psychology, University of Alabama/Tuscaloosa, 1983
MA Clinical Psychology, University of Alabama/Tuscaloosa, 1980
BA Psychology, University of Nebraska/Lincoln, 1977
Areas of Interest
Child Maltreatment; Childhood Trauma; Adverse Childhood Experiences; Adults' Sexual Interest in Children; Childhood Sexual Abuse & Exploitation; Child Sex Trafficking; Primary Prevention; Parent Education
PSY 1100 - The Profession of Psychology
PSY 3620 - Developmental Psychology
PSY 3640 - Psychology of Exceptional Children
PSY 3630 - Sex Crimes Against Children
PSY 3660 - Service-Learning Internship in Psychology
PSY 4620 - Seminar in Developmental Psychology
Wurtele, S. K.., & Kenny, M. C. (2011). Normative sexuality development in childhood: Implications for developmental guidance and prevention of childhood sexual abuse. Counseling and Human Development, 43(9), 1-24.
Wurtele, S. K. (2012). Preventing the sexual exploitation of minors in youth-serving organizations. Children and Youth Services Review, 34, 2442-2453.
Wurtele, S.K., Simons, D. A., & Moreno, T. A. (2014). Sexual interest in children among an online sample of men and women: Prevalence and correlates. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, 26(6), 546-568.
Wurtele, S.K. & Miller-Perrin, C. L. (2012). Global efforts to prevent the sexual exploitation of minors. In H. Dubowitz (Ed.), World perspectives on child abuse (10th ed.) (pp. 82-88). The International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect.
Wurtele, S.K. & Miller-Perrin, C. (2014). Preventing technology-initiated sexual victimization of youth: A developmental perspective. In M. C. Kenny (Ed.), Sex education: Attitudes of adolescents, cultural differences and schools' challenges (pp. 147-175). New York: Nova
Association for Psychological Science
International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect
Honors & Awards
2009 William Friedrich Memorial Child Sexual Abuse Award
Psychologist, State of Colorado